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'El Grito' Celebration Toned Down in Juarez Tonight

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 7:15am

JUAREZ- Last week, the City of Juarez announced that the traditional independence day celebration would be different this year.

The city had initially cancelled this year's celebrations because of the ongoing violence, but later said it would hold a limited celebration.

The normal celebration of 'El Grito' is a rowdy one, with people gathering around City Hall for a night of festivities.

But this year's party will see most celebrate inside the safety of their homes.  The city's mayor will conduct only a formal ceremony this year.

Revelers will not be allowed anywhere near City Hall, as police will seal off the area.  The event will be broadcast on television but people in Juarez say it just won't be the same.

At least six other cities in Mexico have also cancelled celebrations.  Leaders say the violence won't stop Mexico from showing pride in country.
 

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